Scientific Method Stations Activity


Practice writing hypotheses, designing a controlled experiment, and identifying independent and dependent variables.

Grades 7 and Up

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Use this activity in different ways! 30 Focus Question Cards are provided. These cards can be used as scientific method stations or as a scientific method activity that can be done in pairs, groups, or even individually.

Include both digital Google Slides and print options to assign!

Plus, a free bonus scientific method worksheet is included.

Each version of this activity has students:

  1. Write an If… Then… hypothesis based on the focus question.
  2. Design an experiment to test the hypothesis.
  3. Identify the independent and dependent variables.
  4. Describe the necessary controls.


  • There are 30 total cards – too many for all to be used as stations – so you will pick both the number of stations you want to include and the focus questions you like the best. Students rotate through the stations and answer questions on a provided worksheet.


  • Every pair of students (or individual student) in the room has their own unique focus question. I like this method because it helps me to differentiate easily. I give more straightforward, easy cards to students who struggle a bit, and I give cards that will require a deeper understanding of how to set up an experiment to students who have mastered the material already. Students record their ideas on a provided worksheet. At the end, the pairs share with the whole class what their focus question was and how they would test it.

FREE Bonus Worksheet!

  • This download also includes a scientific method worksheet with all 30 focus questions in one place. Students write an If… Then… hypothesis for each focus question and identify independent and dependent variables.

Teacher Notes:

  • This scientific method stations activity includes a suggested answer key for each focus question, but due to the nature of the activity, students will come up with varied responses.
  • Please note that this resource is not editable.
  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practice: Asking Questions and Defining Problems
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